Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

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The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment is a research institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science founded in May 2008.[1] The centre is a partner of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College and acts as an umbrella body for LSE's overall research contributions to the field of climate change and its impact on the environment. Furthermore, the institute oversees the activities of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP),[2] a partnership between LSE and the University of Leeds.

Both Grantham research centres are sponsored through the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, established by Hannelore and Jeremy Grantham in 1997.[3] The combined investments totalling approximately £24 million is recognised as one of the largest private contributions to climate change research. CCCEP is funded independently by the ESRC.

The institute is currently chaired by Lord Nicholas Stern of Brentford, former Chief Economist of the World Bank and author of the widely known Stern Review.[4] Bob Ward is the policy and communications director.

The purpose of the Institute is to increase knowledge and understanding on climate change and the environment; promote better informed decision-making; and educate and train new generations of researchers through its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

The institute's main research activities are divided into five different areas:

1. Global response strategies
2. Green growth
3. Practical aspects of climate policy
4. Adaptation and development
5. Resource security

The research of the institute is characterised by its interdisciplinary nature and brings together international expertise on economics, finance, geography, the environment, international development and political economy, as the centre's academic staff comprise a broad range of disciplines, including physicists, climatologists, economists, statisticians, political scientists and various other social scientists.

In September 2015, the institute hosted an Open Energy Modelling Initiative workshop.

In October 2021, the institute published a working paper by Nicholas Stern stating that economists had grossly undervalued young lives.[5]


  1. ^ "The London School of Economics to Establish the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment". MaximsNews. 20 May 2008. Archived from the original on 21 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy". Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Grantham Foundation - Home". Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  4. ^ Black, Richard (16 March 2010). "Copenhagen climate summit undone by 'arrogance'". BBC News. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  5. ^ Stern, Nicholas (26 October 2021). A time for action on climate change and a time for change in economics — Working paper 370 (PDF). London, United Kingdom: Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. ISSN 2515-5717. Retrieved 26 October 2021.

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